Last Updated: 2/21/17
Pond Construction Photos
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Pond Construction Photos
Before there was any pond at the site, taken facing south-west,
Sod removed and site cleared for construction, facing south-west, 5/6/97.
Hole, "where'd that big hole come from?," facing west, 5/6/97.
Liner in hole, facing west, 5/7/97.
Rocks, plumbing, etc. going in, facing east, 5/9/97.
Rocks, top waterfall, etc., facing south-west, 5/9/97.
Blueprint for 153 gallon pond. These are the pans I drew up in the summer of 1999 for my 153 gallon pond before building it. Jobie is a nickname for my brother. I extended the pond on the left where the lighter markings are.
Possible wildlife pond - a drawing for a possible pond
Possible formal eclectic pond - a drawing for a possible pond; this one shows how I did the edging on my 153 gallon pond to hide the liner and keep everything together.
All of these photos were taken on 3/30/16 when the 153 gallon pond was cleaned.
Back ponds facing northwest before cleaning started.
153 gallon pond facing southwest before cleaning.
Empty 153 gallon pond - deep end.
Empty 153 gallon pond
Here is the 153 gallon pond on 4/12/15:
153 gallon pond facing northwest.
All of these photos were taken on 4/8/15 when the 153 gallon pond was cleaned.
153 gallon pond - larger marginal shelf, mostly drained with a green frog sitting there.
Work area around the 153 gallon pond, facing north. All my supplies sitting out by the pond can be seen.
Empty 153 gallon pond - deep end.
Albata lily in bloom in the 153 gallon pond. Also, notice the anacharis flowers.
Purple iris in bloom in the 153 gallon pond, close-up.
Purple iris in bloom in the 153 gallon pond, from a distance.
All of these photos were taken on 3/27/14 when the 153 gallon pond was cleaned.
153 gallon pond area before cleaning, facing northwest. Yep, that is snow!!
153 gallon pond before cleaning, facing northwest.
153 gallon pond after cleaning, facing northwest.
153 gallon pond after cleaning, facing east.
30 gallon liner pond after cleaning, facing north.
20 gallon pond after cleaning.
On 9/29/13, I took these photos of the pond.
153 gallon pond area but you cannot really see the pond. The garden is all weeds and golden rod!
153 gallon pond
Here is yellow flag iris blooming in my 20 gallon pond on 5/24/13:
Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris flower in my 20 gallon tub pond on 5/17/13.
All of these photos were taken on 3/30/13 when the 153 gallon pond was cleaned.
153 gallon pond area facing north before beginning.
153 gallon pond area facing northwest before beginning. The 20 and 50 gallon tub ponds can also be seen.
153 gallon pond area facing northwest half empty.
153 gallon pond all clean, facing northwest. Look how nice the fresh pea gravel looks!
153 gallon pond all clean, facing west.
I took these photos on 3/14/13 when I cleaned out the 20 gallon tub pond, 50 gallon tub pond,
and 30 gallon liner pond.
Hornwort sitting in a bucket
Partially empty pond - the 50 gallon pond, about three quarters empty
30 gallon liner pond all cleaned out
Cleaned 50 gallon pond
Basement tub pond on 10/9/12. All that is in there at that time is some snowball plant.
Lotus in the tub pond on 8/26/12. Look how big it got!
Rock pond on 6/28/12.
I took these photos of flowering anacharis on 6/10/12 in the 153 gallon pond. The floating plant
is duckweed. The flowers are from submerged anacharis which you cannot see.
Anacharis flowers amongst duckweed.
Anacharis flower - close-up
Rock pond on 6/3/12.
Purple iris in bloom in the 153 gallon pond on 5/20/12
These photos are from Day 1 of construction of my new 30 gallon liner pond on 5/8/12.
Grass area before digging
Hole mostly dug
Underliner - I put some old Ultiliner (from the 153 gallon pond) on the bottom for cushioning. If I had had some sand available, I would have used some.
From 5/13/12, continuing to build that pond.
Liner full of rain water. I would have to drain that. There was water under the liner too.
Rock pond - almost done!
Rock pond - closer view of the north end
Finally, from 5/15/12, the new pond was done!
Rock pond - done, facing north
Rock pond - done, facing east
Rock pond - done, facing south
Rock pond - done, facing west
Ponds - the 50, 20, and 153 gallon ponds (left to right), facing north on 3/18/12.
16 gallon liner pond - the day that I would dismantle it forever on 3/18/12. As you can see, there were really just a ton of leaves left in there.
All of these photos were taken on 3/14/12 when the 153 gallon pond was cleaned.
Ponds - the ponds as I got ready to clean the ponds, facing north
Ponds facing northwest; new mulch in the day before; my cat GK sitting there; 50 gallon tub pond farthest away, then 20 gallon tub pond, and then the 153 gallon pond
153 gallon pond mostly empty while I was refilling it
153 gallon pond facing north, right before I started to put plants and animals back in the pond
Ponds after the pond was done, facing northwest
20 gallon tub pond after cleaning.
Repotting lotus - 12 gallon tub pond, pile of lotus tubers
12 gallon lotus tub pond - all potted up
12 gallon tub pond from a distance, 1800 gallon pond on the left
Three ponds - left to right the 50 gallon tub pond, 20 gallon tub pond, and 153 gallon liner pond, facing north
Three ponds facing northwest, 153 gallon pond in the front, 20 and 50 gallon tub ponds in the back
50 gallon tub pond before being cleaned on 3/6/12.
We had snow on 10/30/11 which is the earliest since I have been alive. [Note: As of 1/19/12, it
the only snow this season! We got one more dusting in early 2012 but no winter that year]
153 gallon pond - facing southwest
153 gallon pond - facing northwest, on 10/16/11
153 gallon pond facing northwest on 7/14/11.
White Albata waterlily flower in the 153 gallon pond on 7/3/11.
Flowering purple iris in the 50 gallon tub pond on 6/3/11.
Flowering anacharis in the 153 gallon pond on 5/26/11.
Purple flag iris in bloom in the 153 gallon pond on 5/25/11. I can also see one anacharis flower.
Here are some iris in bloom on 5/21/11:
Blue flag iris in the 50 gallon tub pond. You can also see duckweed on the water's surface.
Yellow flag iris in the 20 gallon tub pond
From the 3/30/11 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
153 gallon and tub ponds before the cleaning, facing northwest.
153 gallon pond
153 gallon pond during the cleaning when the pond was empty. Supplies are all over.
Brick work looking inside the 153 gallon pond. You can see the two cap stones on the right that I changed out.
Brick work - this is a close up of where I changed out the cap stones where the edging has collapsed. It collapsed because it was built over the hole of my first pond which was a 50 gallon storage tub buried there.
Brick work - the shallow overflow area
Brick work - the close up of the bricks was to show how I made a ledge on which two layers of bricks sit which are topped with the brick cap stones which are stepping stones. You can also see hair algae on the liner.
153 gallon pond - empty
153 gallon pond - refilled and ready to go, facing northwest. The 20 and 50 gallon tub ponds can also be seen.
153 gallon pond - facing northwest after I put in a little mulch
153 gallon pond - facing west
153 gallon pond - facing southeast
Photos from 3/13/11:
50 gallon tub pond before being cleaned.
20 gallon tub pond before cleaning.
Yellow flag iris pulled out of the 20 gallon tub pond.
50 gallon tub pond half empty during cleaning. Yuck!!
Four inches of snow fell on 2/22/11, and here is a photo of the 153 gallon that morning.
153 gallon pond facing northwest.
This photo is from 1/12/11 after two inches of snow:
153 gallon pond facing northwest.
The tropical pink pickerel rush kept flowering in the basement pond. Here are some flower
close-ups from 11/4/10. I took some others earlier but these are the best.
Pink pickerel rush flowers
Pink pickerel rush flowers in my hand
Here are photos of the basement pond from 10/21/10 when I set it up:
Pink tropical pickerel rush out of the pond to be brought in.
Basement pond set up with pink pickerel rush and bluebells
Basement pond set up with pink pickerel rush and bluebells - close-up
Basement pond area from a distance once I brought in all the house plants
153 gallon pond netted on 9/26/10.
Purple iris blooming in the 153 gallon pond on 5/23/10. There is a lot of duckweed on the surface too.
From the 3/31/10 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
Ponds - before cleaning was begun, facing north from a distance.
Ponds - before cleaning, facing northwest, next to 153 gallon pond.
20 gallon tub pond - cleaned three days earlier.
50 gallon tub pond - cleaned three days earlier.
153 gallon pond - facing east.
153 gallon pond - mostly empty since it was being re-filled with water, view from the south end.
153 gallon pond - mostly empty, view from the north end.
153 gallon pond - all re-filled and with new pea gravel edging; the tub ponds can also be seen, facing north.
Mosaic pond - set up on the front porch.
16 gallon liner pond - cleaned and re- filled at the back of the property.
I set up the 50 gallon Rubbermaid tub basement pond on 10/20/09. Here are those photos:
Basement tub pond just set up with bluebells. My cats, Tinkie and Barney were anxious to "help."
Basement tub pond - view from the other direction
Basement tub pond shown from a distance in the basement. You can also see Sweetie, my rabbit, and her cage, my 20 gallon long tank (with six spotted roaches and a hermit crab), and the tons of house plants that I brought indoors for the winter.
Basement tub pond and all the house plants. Yes, that is a water fountain for the cats.
Basement tub pond - looking in to it past the jungle.
153 gallon pond on 10/18/09 covered in my
white net. It looks like a spider's web so my mother had to add a big fake black widow spider to
153 gallon pond on 10/18/09, closer in.
I took these two photos of the 50 gallon tub pond on 4/25/09 showing the wood frog tadpoles in
50 Gallon Tub Pond with tadpoles.
50 Gallon Tub Pond with tadpoles, closer in.
50 Gallon Tub Pond - the 20 gallon tub pond is also partially in the photo.
From the 4/1/09 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
153 gallon pond before starting, facing northwest. I took about four more photos but they were all blurry!
153 gallon pond empty from a distance with supplies all around.
153 gallon pond empty, facing north.
153 gallon pond empty, facing southwest.
153 gallon pond all done, facing east.
153 gallon pond all done, facing north.
Small pond area facing north on 10/5/08.
The 153 gallon pond is on the right while the 20 and 50 gallon tub ponds are on the left. You
cannot really see any of them but you can see the netting and surrounding gardens.
153 gallon pond facing west on 10/5/08. I had just put the net on. The net drapes over all the plants in the area.
153 gallon pond facing northwest on 8/3/08 after I removed a ton of terrestrial mint that covered most of the pond.
I took this photo on 6/21/08 of some water lily leaves damaged by snails in my 153 gallon
Waterlily leaves damaged by snails
From the 4/1/08 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
153 gallon pond before beginning, facing northwest.
153 gallon pond before beginning, showing the main marginal area and all the spilt gravel. The pink lily is fake.
50 gallon tub pond which I cleaned eight days earlier.
153 gallon pond empty, facing northwest.
153 gallon pond when all done, from a distance, facing northwest.
153 gallon pond when all done, facing northeast. Note the new edging with rocks.
20 gallon basement pond on 1/13/08.
On 10/19/07, I bought a betta and put him into the basement tub pond. His name is Homer. You
can see more photos of him on my betta page.
The basement pond with Homer in it
A complete view of the basement pond - there is foam because I added a dose of MelaFix
From the 3/29/07 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond (as well as
the 20 and 50 gallon tub ponds):
153 gallon - before I got started. You can also see the buried 50 gallon tub pond and the above-ground 20 gallon tub pond.
153 gallon pond - the overflow shelf area with an iris. I took the photo to show all the moss growing on the cap bricks.
153 gallon pond empty - this is before I vacuumed out the last gunk.
153 gallon pond edging - this was to show with the pond empty how the edging looks over the deep end. There is a cap brick paver and under that two layers of bricks set in on their own shelves to hide the liner. The water level comes up above those bricks (about the point between the two layers).
153 gallon pond filled half way up with the PondMaster filter going.
153 gallon pond done - everything back.
20 gallon tub pond with its one iris repotted.
50 gallon tub pond with the newly added iris.
These photos are from when I cleaned the 50 gallon tub pond on 3/25/07. Go here for more details and related photos.
The 50 gallon before I cleaned it
The 50 gallon after it was done
Cleaned pond - the new fountain, two batches of wood frog eggs, and can you see the green frog on the right?
153 gallon pond on 8/6/06,
153 gallon pond on 8/6/06, facing north, closer in.
16.4 pond on 7/25/06 in the back, right after I mulched it.
2 gallon pot pond on 7/24/06.
50 gallon tub pond on
Tricker pond on 7/13/06. You can see a few waterlily leaves and parrot feather but the pond is mostly smothered in salvinia.
There are a few photos from a distance of the 153 gallon pond and nearby 20 and 50 gallon tub ponds in my new section on my gardens.
20 gallon tub pond after cleaning on 3/30/06.
From the 3/30/06 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
153 gallon before cleaning is started. You can also see the 20 gallon tub pond and buried 50 gallon lotus tub pond in the background.
153 gallon being refilled, it is about half way refilled here. I forgot to take a photo of it empty this year.
Here is a photo of the 20 gallon basement tub pond on 10/23/05. You can just see two of the fantails.
Purple tropical waterlily flower in the Tricker pond on 8/13/05. I never see the flowers in good shape. Here is it already torn up. The other plants in the photo include hardy calla, salvinia, and floating leaf flower (have never seen a flower though).
Tricker pond on 6/26/05 with green frog eggs in it (one can see some eggs on top of one lily leaf on the bottom right) and plants.
Albata lily flower in my 153 gallon pond on
Albata lily flower in my 153 gallon pond from a little farther away, 6/9/05. See the hiding male bullfrog!
Purple iris in the 153 gallon pond in bloom
Purple iris in bloom in the 153 gallon on 6/7/05.
Blue flag iris in bloom in the 153 gallon
pond on 5/27/05.
Blue flag iris in bloom in the 153 gallon pond on 5/27/05, a more close up view.
Mosaic pond on 4/5/05.
Tricker pond on 4/5/05 (just water in it).
Here are some photos of the 153 gallon pond during the 3/25/05 cleaning:
Pond at the beginning
Pond half empty
Pond when done
153 gallon pond facing northwest on 2/13/05. The 50 gallon and 20 gallon tub ponds can be seen at the top of the photo.
There are three photos of a great blue heron next to my 153 gallon pond on 11/8/04 in the bird photo section.
Water poppy flower in the 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 9/6/04. There are also water poppy leaves and duckweed in the photo.
Water poppy flower in 50 gallon lotus tub pond. You can see the one flower plus the water poppy leaves among lots of duckweed. In the upper left is some terrestrial mint that has let itself into the pond. Notice the lotus in the lotus tub pond is basically not there. The deer ate it to death.
153 gallon pond on 7/28/04.
20 gallon lotus tub pond on 5/21/04.
Basement pond on 5/5/04 with 17 goldfish born the summer before right before I let them free on 5/15/04.
Entire Yard - during the 3/29/04 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond.
Empty 153 gallon pond - before refilling, after totally emptied on 3/29/04.
Tiger canna flowers close-up in 2-gallon pot pond on
2-gallon pot pond with flowering tiger canna, 8/16/03.
153 gallon pond facing southwest on 6/23/03. You can see the main 1800 gallon pond off in the distance.
153 gallon pond facing northwest on 6/23/03.
Empty 153 gallon pond during cleaning on 4/2/03, facing
Cleaned 50 gallon lotus tub from a distance, 3/28/03. The eggs are in a cage for protection. More photos are on the wood frog page of the pond close up (to show the eggs) before and after the cleaning.
153 gallon pond in snow on 12/5/02, facing north from inside.
Mosaic pond on 9/21/02 with water in it but the fountain is off.
2 gallon pot pond on 8/25/02 with flowering yellow canna and pool in background.
Yellow canna flowers on 8/25/02, close-up of previous photo.
Multiple ponds - 153 gallon pond in the front, 20 gallon tub pond with taro hidden in the back, 50 gallon lotus tub hidden in the back, on 8/25/02, facing North-West.
Lotus flower from afar in 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 8/3/02.
Lotus flower by my hand for size comparison in 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 8/3/02.
Lotus flower from above (I tilted it) in 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 8/3/02. This is the morning of the first day of the flower. It lasted three days.
Lotus flower next to some of its leaves in 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 8/3/02.
2 gallon pot pond on 8/1/02. The plant is a yellow tropical canna that is still small. There is a fake pink water lily flower in there too.
153 gallon pond on 5/27/02, facing west. The yellow and blue iris are in bloom.
Basement pond on 10/14/01. The 20
tub pond contains
tropical water hibiscus, dwarf papyrus, canna, and some floating plants. A taro plant is in a two
gallon pot topped with water on the left. Tropical house plants surround the pond for the
Hibiscus flower on 10/14/01. The pretty light pink flower of my tropical water hibiscus that finally bloomed after three years!
Anacharis with white flowers and some
duckweed in my 153 gallon pond on 9/8/01.
Bunch of ponds on 7/4/01 facing northwest. On the right is the 153 gallon pond. The 50 gallon lotus tub pond is on the far left, and the 20 gallon tropical tub pond is in the middle. The first two are below ground but the 20 gallon tub is above ground.
16.5 gallon pond on 9/4/00.
New pond, 153 gallon, facing north, 20 gallon water celery and lily tub pond to the left, 50 gallon lotus pond further to the left, all favorite green frog hangouts, 6/18/00.
New pond, 153 gallon, facing north, red copper and blue iris in bloom, 5/23/00.
1997 to 1999:
Photo of new pond almost complete on 10/17/99 showing fountain,
bridge, iris, and pipe going in, facing southwest.
Photo of new pond almost complete on 10/17/99, facing northwest.
Photo of 153 gallon pond on 10/3/99 showing the brick work going in before the liner is in, facing north.
Primrose creeper flowering and hanging out of the 50 gallon lotus tub which does not have any lotuses yet, 8/21/99.
New 153 gallon pond under construction, pre-hole, 20 gallon tub pond and 50 gallon lotus tub are behind it, 8/11/99.
50 gallon Lotus tub, no lotuses yet, water lettuce, parrot's feather, and primrose creeper, 8/11/99.
20 gallon lily tub shows extra lilies and water celery, 8/11/99.
Tropical tub pond, 9/25/98.
Old 50 gallon pond, 4/12/98, pond was replaced.
My 16.5 pond on 11/6/97.
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